President Donald Trump said he gave Gen. Jim Mattis a “second chance” after he was fired by former President Barack Obama.

“When President Obama ingloriously fired Jim Mattis, I gave him a second chance. Some thought I shouldn’t, I thought I should,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Jim Mattis served as the head of the US Central Command between 2010 and 2013. However, he was fired by Barack Obama in 2013 due to his increasingly hawkish stance toward Iran.

Despite Trump’s widespread praise for Mattis, the famous general resigned on Thursday in protest of Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria. He is scheduled to leave in February.

Trump described his relationship with Mattis as “interesting” but reminded him that he was better equipped with all the resources following his appointment as the Defence Secretary in January last year.

Mattis suggested that he had strong differences with Trump for his mistreatment of American allies across the globe.

“Allies are very important – but not when they take advantage of U.S.,” Trump wrote.

Last week, in resignation letter, Mattis wrote: “We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our allies.”

By TheBL

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